After recent movie misfires like Aloha, writer-director Cameron Crowe gets his groove back in his first TV series, Roadies, which follows the traveling crew of the (fictional) rock group Staton-house Band. The impressive ensemble includes tour manager Bill (Luke Wilson), who sleeps with much-younger women but still holds a torch for production manager Shelli (Carla Gugino), who’s unfortunately married to a dude she hardly ever sees, because he’s managing Taylor Swift’s tour. Then there’s Kelly Ann (Imogen Poots), who swears she’s going to quit and go to film school — and gets to deliver a righteous rant worthy of iconic Crowe characters like Lloyd Dobler (of Say Anything…) and Jerry Maguire after a financial adviser (Rafe Spall) arrives to slash the tour budget.
What keeps this dysfunctional bunch bonded together? If you guessed sexual tension, you’d be right — but it’s mainly a love of the music, à la Crowe’s classic Almost Famous. Like an arena anthem power ballad, Roadies is a corny but catchy crowd-pleaser.
Kelly Ann’s twin, Jesse (Colson Baker), becomes the lead singer’s manny.
They're with the band!